Bullies Never Win: A Review of “The Together Tree” Picture Book

The Together Tree is a heartwarming tale of a little boy who learns to stand up for himself and find true connections with those around him. Read on for a review of the Together Tree by Aisha Saeed and illustrated by LeUyam Pham!

the together tree
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Rumi is the new student in class who seems to be different from his classmates. Rumi is quiet and enjoys spending time near a tree on campus imagining himself fitting in with everyone else. The other children begin to bully Runi simply because he has brown skin and colorful shoes. What they don’t know is that Rumi is imaginative and talented, creating pictures in the sand beneath the tree.

Despite facing bullying from his classmates, Rumi perseveres and eventually earns their respect and friendship through his kindness and creativity. It also helps that one student finally speaks out against the bullying of Rumi, making it easier for the other kids to back off and realize their behavior was making Rumi very miserable.

The illustrations bring The Together Tree to life, creating a rich and colorful world for readers to get lost in. This book is an excellent reminder that it’s never too late to make new friends and that kindness and understanding can go a long way. A must-read for young readers and anyone who has ever faced adversity or bullying.

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